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First Steps

I took a huge step towards my 2017 weight goals- a step backwards. Yes, I cheated, not treated, myself at a New Year’s Eve party (SMH).

I started the three day detoxification of my body after Christmas and have been eating little grains, starch, and no sugary things since. But like I’ve shared in other post, sweets only two words are “EAT ME” in the Little Shop of Horror voice (a movie). And I did.

I ate two slices of caramel and pecan cheesecake, a slice of rum cake and about five rum balls. The sad thing is. I tried to convince myself that there were nutritional benefits in the delicious desserts because of the nuts. But, truthfully I knew the sugar contents and other stuff hugely outweighed the chopped pecans. However, I did also eat some healthy foods: baked chicken, steamed broccoli, crab cakes and shrimp wontons, and washed it down with two bottles of water and a whiskey sour drink (empty calories).

Nevertheless, it’s the first day of 2017 and I have the entire day left and, 364 more days to reach my goal.

Ok. I hear the gym calling me. It’s saying “lose 10 pounds.” Off to the gym I go.

Happy New Year’s Sisters! Aspire to inspire.

By Dawn M. Dean
Founder and Creative Director,
Sisters like Us

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New Year: A New Me

Are you like me? Start a diet, and then stop in the middle of it because you see little results. You desire that small waistline, toned arms and firm behind. But the work to achieve that ideal body shape is hard to stick with over a long period of time. So you give up and start back to eating whatever you want and slowly watch your muffin top rise like a sponge cake. Good! I’m not alone in this fight against the evasion of the muffin top. I hope my sisters struggling with this never ending battle join and support me as I set out to rid myself of the belly of the bulge.
I’ve decided 2017 will be “my year” to be fit and trim. Like I’ve stated in previous post (The Weight), every year I make a new year’s resolution and fail every time. But, as I mature and old age health issues arise. I am more determined than ever to succeed in 2017. So starting now, yes now! Before the New Year hits I will begin to develop new eating habits. I had to wait until after the chow down holidays were over to prepare my mental state for the challenge. Although good health should not never take a back seat to anything. But, I didn’t want to set myself up to fail right out the gate.

You see. I loooove sweets and they love me too. Breaking this relationship off will be the worse breakup in my life. See sweets say very little, other than eat me, they don’t have opinions about what movie we’ll watch or ask if we’re exchanging gifts for Valentine’s day this year. They’re just delicious delights and comforting. Yes! Sweets are down for whatever and I am down with that. Though we do have a love hate moments every now and then, we are in inseparable. But, I am learning, that health is wealth and a lifestyle change is necessary in order to achieve all of my future goals: to strengthen my mind, body and soul.

I’ll start with my own made up plan by fasting and detoxifying my body for 3 days (only fluids). My main target areas are my abs (the blueberry muffin top), arms of flab and buns (aka flat bread), all while strengthening my muscles, increasing cardio for a healthier heart, and making healthier food choices.

Note to self and other’s like me. It didn’t take a year to add on the pounds (more like 20 years), so, I’m going to be realistic and give myself six months to a one year to get to my ideal body size. I am really in search of more energy and calmness. Stay tune and wish me luck (success)!

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Best wishes,
Dawn M. Dean

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Real Talk

I never thought I’d….What?

I, personally never asked for many of the things that have happened in my life to happen.(most folks don’t) But one thing’s for sure, I never thought, I’d make it through many of those life lessons, I now call them. For insist, becoming ill in my thirties and being a single parent taking caring for three children. I was a stay at home wife and mother in my early twenties, until it happened-the spilt.

The health issues started with my second child, but after the separation, I could no longer be a stay at home mom, and really could not afford to be sickly either. So I pushed on for many years, only to a dead end and back home-Fibromyalgia they call it. To me it’s just a lot of all over body pain that brings on daily tears and depression. Pain so bad at one point, I could not hug my own children because my skin hurt so badly at touch.

Nevertheless, I never thought I’d write or publish a book (The Paths of Life, through the Eyes of Dawn) around the discomfort of each day. I still live with this debilitating illness, but is fighting and searching for answers to put an end to the madness. And though writing a book had always been on my life of things to do list. I never thought my illness would allow me to do so and be the topic of discussion.

Written By Dawn M. Dean

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